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Unspoken Comparison in Tacitus's Germania - Unspoken Comparison in Tacitus's Germania Tacitus's Germania is a thoroughly itemized ethnographic text detailing the geography, climate and social structure of Germany and its people. Unlike his Histories and Annales Tacitus doesn't offer a story line to be followed, but instead, he nudges forth an unspoken comparison to be made between two cultures. Each of the Germania's 46 passages deals with a particular area of German civilization among which Tacitus develops a two-tiered theme. The two points he tries to make generally clear are the following: A) The Germans are barbaric, savage and stupid…but… B) The Germans are quaint, noble and have some redeeming qualities that mak...   [tags: Germania] 2072 words
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Tacitus' The Agricola and The Germania - Imperial Rome, during the first century A.D. was expanding it's boundaries by adding new territories. They expanded into northern Europe and Britain and conquered or attempted to conquer various types of people. Based on my reading of Tacitus' The Agricola and The Germania, I have knowledge of the life and customs of the Britons, subject of the Agricola, and the Germans, subject of the Germania. This of course being the Romans, and more specifically Tacitus,' observation and view of these groups of people....   [tags: Culture Romans Germans Britons] 909 words
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Germania: Tacitus’ Perceptions of Pax Romana Rome - Germania: Tacitus’ Perceptions of Pax Romana Rome While the early 2nd century is usually considered to be the height of the Roman Empire, closer examinations reveal a deteriorating state hiding behind a façade of power and wealth. As modern day historian C. Warren Hollister described, “life in Rome’s ‘golden age’ could be pleasant enough if one were male, adult, very wealthy, and naturally immune to various epidemic diseases. But if this was humanity’s happiest time, God help us all!” (14)....   [tags: Roman History Empire]
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Heroes of Celtic and Germanic Mythology - Heroes of Celtic and Germanic Mythology Throughout the myths of the Celtic and Germanic peoples of northern Europe tales of epic heroes and their extraordinary deeds abound. These tales depict heroes performing a variety of incredible feats; many of which appear to be magical, superhuman, and, quite honestly, utterly impossible (e.g., wading across oceans, defeating armies virtually single-handedly, and other astounding exploits). Since the Celtic and Germanic tribes of antiquity inhabited neighboring lands and lived in close proximity to one another (as many of their modern descendants continue to do: i.e., in Great Britain), it is not surprising that they often established intimate rela...   [tags: Celtic Germanic Mythology Beowulf Essays]
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The Germanic and Celtic Tradition by George MacDonald - The Germanic and Celtic Tradition by George MacDonald One of the most interesting things about fairytales is how the author has borrowed ideas from ancient myths and legends and kept them alive in their writings. The Princess and the Goblin is one of these fairytales. In writing this novel, George MacDonald has incorporated much of the folk tradition in his characters and plot. Specifically, his concept of goblins seem to be drawn from the tradition of dwarfs, gnomes, and kobolds of Germanic myth and the fairies, or elves, of Celtic myth....   [tags: Germanic Celtin Macdonald Fairytales Essays]
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Slaves in Roman and Germanic Societies - While both Roman society and Germanic society do not view slaves as full people each society does have some safeguards to slaves' wellbeing. Although both societies try to protect their slaves they also illustrated that slaves were not equal to free and even freed slaves were not equal. While both societies have positive aspects to their treatment of slaves I believe it would be better to be a slave in a Germanic society rather than a Roman society. In a Germanic society a slave had a greater ability to marry, slaves also had the ability to pay fines for wrong doing rather than receive physical punishment and in Germanic law codes there was more of a focus on petty crime committed by slaves...   [tags: Social Issues] 575 words
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Germanic Influence on Higher Education - ... “Freedom of Learning” was perceived as students could choose the courses they wanted to take with no attendance requirement or exams until the final exam. “Freedom of teaching” was perceived that professors have the freedom to investigate any and all problems in the course of his research and reveal the findings any way he wishes. “The workshop of free scientific research” is the German universities concept of a true higher learning university (Rudy, 1968). In 1871 the birth of imperial Germany was evolved and a new type of university was formed....   [tags: german universities, academics] 1023 words
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Beowulf as the Archetypal Germanic Hero - The epic and oral poem Beowulf illustrates a loss of community, cultural values, and tradition. Beowulf, the main character, is an ideal king and archetypal warrior. History is relevant to Beowulf; this Germanic society was being taken over by Christian missionaries who were seeking to convert this culture. The character of Beowulf is a reflection of the Germanic culture's virtues; heroism is emphasized in the text's multiple references and constant focus on heroes and what it is to be a hero. Beowulf, who is reflective of an older generation of heroes, strives for community....   [tags: Epic Beowulf Hero Essays Papers] 2093 words
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The cultural tension of the pagan and the Christian lie at the very heart of the poem. Paganism and Christianity in the Epic Poem "Beowoulf" - Christianity had recently took hold in England at the time of the writing of Beowulf. Many people believe that Beowulf is a Christian story, when in fact it is not. Instead, the poem reflects a society that has a deep pagan background and has brought with it stories from its pagan past. Beowulf is a Germanic tale that was likely first composed in the first half of the eighth century, but it was not until the late tenth century that it was committed to parchment. At the time of its writing, the Germanic tribes were clearly pagan, as seen by such evidence in the text as Beowulf’s cremation at the end of the epic and the direct reference to swearing oaths at “pagan shrines” (line 175)....   [tags: Hero, Poetry, Germanic]
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The Destruction of Rome: Why Did Rome Fall? - Much like its birth, the destruction of Rome did not happen all at once. Rather, there were many contributing factors to its ultimate demise. Rome’s destruction began as a disease slowly disintegrating from the inside. Political corruption, the division of wealthy and poor, decline in moral values, and public health to name a few, were all major contributors to this disease. For the purpose of this paper, this disease will be called ‘The Roman Condition’. To understand the Roman Condition, we must first understand how it got from a thriving empire to an empty shell in the span of 200 years....   [tags: Roman Condition, Germanic Tribes]
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The Roman Empire Collapsed - Surrounded and faced threats of the barbarian tribes, the Roman Empire could no longer hold firm and just collapsed. The western part became the new Germanic world, where the growth of Latin Christendom, a distinctively Western institution founded. The eastern part was the worlds of Byzantine and the Islamic world. This is clear that this is the Middle Ages as there were absences of central government, ongoing invasions, constant threats of famine and diseases. “The term Middle Age refers to the period between the ancient and the modern civilizations.” (Levack et al, The West, 233) The Middle Ages were the period of a new philosophy of civilization after the “fall” of the Roman Empire....   [tags: germanic, islam, civilization] 560 words
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The Metallic Ages of the Past - The Norse “Metallic Ages,” so called because they date the periods when the Norse people are recorded to have been working with metals such as copper, bronze, and iron. We also include the Migration Period, the Age of Heroes, because the happened during the time of the Germanic Iron Age. The Norse Metallic Ages are: The Nordic Bronze Age 1700 BC –500 BC. The Pre-Roman Iron Age 500 BC – 1 AD. The Roman Iron Age 1 AD - 400 AD. The Germanic Iron Age 400 AD – 800 AD. The Migration Period (“The Heroic Age") 400 - 800 AD....   [tags: Norse, Nordic, Romanic, Germanic civilizations] 698 words
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German Influence on Ragtime - It was once called “the people’s music”, and “the delight of children (Koenig).” America’s development of ragtime is no doubt a representation of the blending of different cultures and influences. Germanic instrument’s influence on ragtime was a result of the development of new instruments overtime, the availability of new musical instruments to African Americans, and America’s significant blending of diverse cultural sounds. Germanic instrumentation’s influence on ragtime was a result of the development of new instruments overtime....   [tags: musical instruments, jazz, germanic instruments]
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Beowulf Poem Review - Beowulf is a Germanic poem that described the journey of the great warrior Beowulf. Throughout the poem, Beowulf performs epic feats from defeating the monster Grendel, and then his mother, to facing a fire breathing dragon. Beowulf had characteristics that made him a great warrior, and later a great king. Beowulf’s character was an example of what the Germanic people expected from their warriors and kings. Beowulf was the ideal example of what a great king should be according to the Germanic people....   [tags: grendel, poem, germanic people, loyalty]
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D.H. Lawrence's The Rocking Horse-Winner - Goth. A name that has had many meanings over the centuries. Beginning as the name used for Germanic tribes beyond the Rhine that were the adversaries of the ancient Roman empire, to the style of architecture popular in medieval Europe, to the literary subset of Romantic literature, and the children of very concerned parents. D.H. Lawrence while his personal relationship with his mother may concern many a parent, was however extraordinarily influenced by Gothic literary thought evident in "The Rocking Horse-Winner"....   [tags: Goth, Germanic Tribes, World History, Centuries]
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To What Extent Was Hitler a Weak Dictator? - ... Hitler dealt ruthlessly with any threat to his position. Rohm, commander of the SA, was executed in 1934, whilst Goering was condemned to death by Hitler in the final days of the war, for suggesting that he should take over government. Although, Hitler distanced himself from daily administration, this apparent neglect stemmed not from an inability to do so, as Broszat suggests, but from a lack of interest in administrative affairs. Numerous examples prove the ultimate executive power of the Fuhrer....   [tags: Nazi Germani, Third Reich]
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Friday - Friday Every Monday at work, I hear people complaining that they wish it would be Friday already. Everyone waits for this last day of the working week with excitement and eagerness. Friday represents the completion of the week, and at the same time, the beginning of the weekend. The origins of the word "Friday" take their roots from Norse mythology, when this day signified rejuvenation, and at the same time loss, death or completion. In various cultures, this day has numerous meanings and is perceived both positively and with anxiety....   [tags: Germanic Mythology Language Essays]
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Famous German People - ... Otto von Bismarck was a Prussian statesman who conquered German and European affairs with conservative policies from the 1860s until he was forced to resign in 1890. When Bismarck became the Prime Minister of Prussia, the nation was widely known as the weakest of the five European empires. It took Bismarck nine years to make Prussia prestigious again. Prussia had been victorious in three wars, and a united German Empire had begun in the heart of Europe, causing fear among its rivals and enemies....   [tags: Adenauer, Bach, Einstein] 3265 words
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Rome’s Forgotten Land - For more than 1,000 years the Romans conquered portions of Europe and brought a tremendous amount of influence to Eurasia. They built a network of roadways, amazing architectural achievements and order to the tribes they conquered throughout Eurasia. However the one area not influenced by the Romans was most of Germany, Russia, Yugoslavia and the Czech Republic, this area is also know as Germania. This region did not receive the benefits that the colonies conquered by Rome received simply because Rome, once it conquered a region, built cities in their communities, spreading Roman architecture language and transportation systems throughout the regions they overtook....   [tags: Ancient Rome] 2358 words
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German Barbarians - Just outside the boundaries of the Roman empire of the first and second centuries, beyond the Rhine River, and occupying the area of Central Europe of what is today Germany, lived the tribes of the Germanic people. In Germania, the Roman historian Cornelius Tacitus gave an account of the lifestyles and organization of these peculiar barbarians. These descendants of modern Germans proved peculiar in that they adopted many qualities typical of barbaric cultures, yet they simultaneously practiced virtues more befitting of advanced civilizations, values more ethical than even the Roman empire of the time....   [tags: essays research papers] 987 words
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The Life and Works of Cornelius Tacitus - Tacitus was a Roman senator and writer that lived from circa 56-117. He was born in Gaul, a town in what is now modern day France. He had a wealthy father, and his family raised horses. Growing up, Tacitus loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting as a pastime. When he was in school, he studied rhetorics. Tacitus’ friend, Pliny the Younger, also studied rhetorics. This was helpful for Tacitus when pursuing a career in law and politics. Tacitus became a Quaestor, which was a Roman official, and later became a senator....   [tags: roman senator, gaul, roman official]
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Nordic Metal Age - The Norse “Metallic Ages,” so called because they date the time periods when the Norse people are recorded to have been working with metals such as copper, bronze, and iron. This Age also includes the Migration Period (the Age of Heroes), because it happened during the time of the Germanic Iron Age when there were great southerly migrations of the Nordic people. The Norse Metallic Ages are: The Nordic Bronze Age 1700 BC –500 BC. The Pre-Roman Iron Age 500 BC – 1 AD. The Roman Iron Age 1 AD - 400 AD....   [tags: migration, trade, expansion] 1332 words
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Gladiator by Ridly Scott - Gladiator by Ridly Scott I am going to watch the film Gladiator by Ridly Scott. I hope to accurately describe and analyse how the director creates a feeling of tension, suspense and how overall he makes the film believable. I will not analyse the whole film, but just two of the scenes. The two scenes I have chosen are the first scene the battle of Germania and the last scene the death of the evil Emperor. ====================================================================== The points I am most likely to focus on are the camera angles, sound effects, music, the acting and the shots, also I will describe how the two scenes were made to be realistic with the aid...   [tags: Papers] 1055 words
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The King of Kings - ... The loyal thane Wiglaf lectures his former comrades on their disgrace and dishonor. Beowulf, he insists was their “friend-lord”, so death should have been preferable to deserting him. Wiglaf insists this crime was especially severe, because Beowulf had shown them immense generosity The Anglo-Saxon political order was “founded upon an ethos of reciprocity”. This reciprocity is quite evident in Beowulf. Kennings like “giver of rings”, “treasure-bestower”, and “gold-friend of heroes” emphasize the role of a king as a gift-giver....   [tags: Jesus Christ, Bible studies] 2043 words
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Modernism in Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler - ... Albert Speer was to be a man who could profit from the expulsion of modernism in Germany. An “Intellectual, technocrat, architect, Albert Speer was unique to the Third Reich.”(IT3) A member of the National Socialist Party he swiftly progressed through its ranks to become “second only to Hitler himself as a power on the home front.” “A young architect who succeeded to Hitler’s favour after Troost’s death in 1934.”Speer would later be the man in charge of the recreation of Berlin, the new capital of the world and his plan was to be known as Welthaupstadt Germania (World Capital Germania)....   [tags: autobiography, the enabling act] 809 words
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Analysis of The Concept of Greatness - “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” The films, Braveheart and Gladiator, strikingly depict this as both protagonists lead their respective armies to victory at the expense of their own lives, leaving behind their legacy of greatness through their leadership, courage and loyalty. The theme of leadership permeates throughout both films re-enforcing the concept of greatness. In the film, Gladiator, this is clearly evident as General Maximus leads the Roman army to a victory against the Barbarian Tribes in Germania....   [tags: leadership, courage, loyalty] 681 words
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The Gladiator VS. History - I'm sure that many people have seen the movie the, "Gladiator" and thought that most if not all of it was true. Sadly this movie paints a picture that falls short of fact and leans more towards fiction. Winning 5 academy awards it is a hit with the audience but with historians a bust. This is mainly due to the inconsistencies revolving around character portrayals, events, and even characters that don't exist. I'm sure that this is because the truth wouldn't fair as well as the movie did. Moreover the," Gladiator" which is a winner of many academy awards does not win much in the depiction of characters and events....   [tags: Roman Emperors, The Coliseum]
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Brief on Germany - It is stated by John Edison in his orientation of The Culture of Germany, “The name Germany is derived from the Latin word Germania, which, at the time of the Gallic War (58–51 B.C.E.), was used by the Romans to designate various peoples occupying the region east of the Rhine.” (Edison) The Romans designated the word German from the Latin word Germania for all people that lived there. Any person that did not speak Latin or Roman also was Deutschland, which came from the Germanic language that means people....   [tags: Political Geography, Germany Overview]
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Passive Male Homosexuality in Pre-Christian Scandinavia - “The love that dare not speak its name” truly was a mute love in pre-Christian Norse society. The Norse viewed male homosexual intercourse through a curious (by modern American standards) dichotic lens. Similarly to Roman and Greek societies, the Norse attached no great negative stigma or condemnatory connotations to the idea itself of homosexual intercourse. However, the Vikings intensely disapproved of free men taking the passive role in any male-male sexual acts. Norse society regarded passivity in all penetrative intercourse as intrinsically related to unmanly, and therefore feminine, behavior....   [tags: Homosexuality ]
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A Textual Analysis of the Opening Sequence of Gladiator - A Textual Analysis of the Opening Sequence of Gladiator In this essay, I will explain the opening sequence of Gladiator in detail. I will describe the effects it has on the audience, and look at the way it makes them feel and the way in which events are portrayed. I will look at in depth: The themes and atmosphere, the camera techniques and how audience emotions are manipulated. At the end, I will include a conclusion giving my opinion of how the sequences used are effective for the audience....   [tags: Papers] 1128 words
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From Republic to Empire: Did Augustus Save or Ruin the Republic? - Philosopher A: Augustus saved the republic. Philosopher B: Saved it. He turned it into an empire. Augustus ruined the republic. Philosopher A: In the Republic, the Senate was the primary branch of the Roman government and held the majority of the political power. It controlled funds, administration and foreign policy, and had significant influence of the everyday life of the Roman people. When Augustus came to power, he kept the Senate and they retained their legal position. The Emperor’s rule was legitimized by the senate as he needed the senators experience to serve as administrators, diplomats and generals....   [tags: Phylosophy, history, rhetoric]
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The Pax Romana: A Prosperous Time in Roman History - The Pax Romana was a time of relative peace during the Roman Empire. Although there were conflicts during The Pax Romana it was generally a time of prosperity and expansion for Rome, mainly under the leadership of Augustus and Tiberius who successfully expanded borders and made peace. Pax Romana is Latin for peaceful Rome. It was from 27 BC to 180 AD, from the end of the Republican Civil wars to the death of Marcus Aurelious. Augustus started ruling when Pax Romana began, so it is also called the age of Augustus....   [tags: European History]
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Analysis of When the Vikings Reached the New World - When the Vikings reached the New World, they called the native inhabitants (American Indians or Native Americans), “Skræling.” There has been much debate as to what exactly this word or label meant. Some translate it as “skin wearers,” which may be true as to how they described them, being the Norse generally wore woolen or linen clothing and North American Natives generally wore animal skins. But there was one additional thing puzzling about the Norse and the Skræling. The Viking explorers weren't curious or baffled by these new people....   [tags: vikings, norsemen, skraeling] 692 words
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Flavius Belisarius: The Defender of the Byzantine Empire - ... On his way home, the Moors came down the hill, attacking the Roman garrison. Fortunately, Belisarius made his way back just in time to jump into action and defeat the Moors (Durant 109). During this time, he married an old friend of the empress Theodora, Antonia, but after a few years, she passed away (Barker 1). They had one daughter by the name of Joannina (Hughs 69). Many theories centered around why Antonia accompanied him on his expeditions, and one of the most common claimed that Belisarius forced her to because he didn’t trust her (Hughs 108)....   [tags: general under Justinian]
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The Roman Empire and the Han Dynasty - ... Augustus strengthened the political organization of Rome through law and tax reform, protected borders and initiated building projects such as the Colosseum (Emmons, “Roman Empire”).  Additionally, Augustus created networks of roads, police, fire, and courier systems, and a standing army.  The relative freedom from conflict for such a lengthy period of time allowed Rome to prosper culturally, economically, and architecturally. The Empire reached its zenith under the rule of Emperor Trajan.  The Roman territory extended 6.5 million km2 to the east including Dacia, Arabia, Armenia, and Mesopotamia, securing its greatest size to date after the general defeated the Dacians in three battles....   [tags: historical analysis] 1585 words
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Antagonist: A Stepping Stone for the Protagonist - ... The vertical lines of the spears are also representative of Maximus’ strength. The armor and the soil are symbolic, putting an emphasis on how Maximus is the man of the earth and nature. There are several close ups and quick cuts between him and the soldiers. This highlights how he is man of the people and that his soldiers admire him. As opposed to how Commodus is framed when he is in the carriage with his sister, Lucilla in a tight frame, low key lighting is used, which makes him appear sinister and this creates space for the protagonist....   [tags: duty, betrayal, death] 587 words
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Maximus' Call to Adventure in Gladiator - Maximus' call to adventure begins with a scene of himself walking through what is the roman army's camp in Germania on his way to meet with the emperor. The first impression we are given is visually the long line of tents spanning for acres with many rows. This immediately helps us assess the size and organization of the army from which we already have knowledge from the first battle just previous. The weather here plays a key point- it is cloudy, dark and there is a light snow falling giving very much the sensation of it being cold....   [tags: film, movie] 1097 words
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Anglo-Saxon Warriors and the Klephts of Greece: Their Indo-European Origins - Anglo-Saxon Warriors and the Klephts of Greece: Their Indo-European Origins Anglo-Saxon warrior bands share the same code of honor as the Greek resistance fighters called Klephts both nations having a common Indo-European heritage and concept of hero. Beginning in the fifth century Germanic invasions transformed the Celtic culture of the British Isles. Anglo-Saxon warrior bands conquered the native Celts and prevailed in England from the fifth until the eleventh century. Warfare, the idea of comitatus, and the Germanic heroic code comprised the Anglo-Saxon way of life....   [tags: History Greek Essays]
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The Gladiator Trailer - In the summer of 2000 a box office hit was released. “Gladiator” was a brilliant action film set in Ancient Rome, which appealed to over 15s from both genders. The film was hugely successful and raked in over $190,000,000 in the U.S box-office and $434,000,000 worldwide. However the film wouldn’t have been nearly as successful as it was without the help of an exciting and gripping trailer to appeal to the target audience. Trailers are very important in the film industry because it’s the one chance film-makers have to attract their target audience....   [tags: Gladiator, ] 1833 words
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Christianity and Pagans - A historiography that centers on the development, expansion, maintenance, and challenges, that have faced any empire can be vast. Understandably, focusing on any one of these aspects individually could occupy a lifetime of research and study. Most developing empires appear to face a common theme: leadership challenges, military dysfunction, political maintenance, religious evolution, internal and external strife, and above all, how to find a balance for successful sustainability. People coming together with a common goal create a society....   [tags: rome, expansion, the gothic wars]
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Forced Migration - In the per-modern era, human migration was a well-known occurrence that was caused by either force or willingness of the people. When migration was constituted through force, it was understood to be through political or economical duress. For instance, political measures unveiling large tax reforms created unbearable cost of living standards for the poor to survive. Whereas, increased economic labour created through force, was established for the rich to reap the benefits from majority of the poor....   [tags: Social Studies]
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Gladiator and Empire of the Sun - Gladiator and Empire of the Sun Gladiator and Empire of the Sun are both historical films. Gladiator is set at the height of the Roman Empire and moves from Germania at the very beginning of the film to North Africa and then finally to Rome for the end of the film. At the start of the film the central character and hero, Maximus, an officer in the Roman army is in battle. At the battle is the Roman Emperor who Maximus has a close relationship with. It is the betrayal and murder of the emperor by his jealous son and the killing of Maximus' family that set the events of the rest of the film in motion....   [tags: Papers] 735 words
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Einhard's The Life of Charlemagne - The Relationship of Political and Religious Societies in the Age of Charlemagne, Based of Einhard's The life of Charlemagne sections 15-33 Matt Diggs III "He was especially concerned that everything in the church be carried out with the greatest possible dignity." Einhard, in his The Life of Charlemagne, makes clear the fundamental integration of politics and religion during the reign of his king. Throughout his life, Charles the Great endeavored to acquire and use religious power to his desired ends....   [tags: essays research papers] 1208 words
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Ridley Scott's Persuasion that Romans are Not Invaders in Film Gladiator - Ridley Scott's Persuasion that Romans are Not Invaders in Film Gladiator Gladiator is a tale of betrayal, bravery and survival. Gladiator (2000) is the critically acclaimed Academy Award winning Action/Drama, which sets the audience expectations high, Ridley Scott had directed gladiator, this being his 14th film. His most famous and successful films include Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982). Gladiator is set in the ancient era of the Roman Empire allowing the audience to escape to a fantasy filled with history, culture and adventure....   [tags: Papers] 2174 words
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Germany as Fertile Ground for Luther's Message - Germany as Fertile Ground for Luther's Message On 31st October 1517, All Saints Eve, Martin Luther (a monk and lecturer at the University of Wittenburg in Northern Germany) took the fateful step of nailing a sheet of 95 Theses, or arguments against indulgences, to the door of Wittenburg Castle Church. Following this simple act, there came massive repercussions; indeed, a reformation of the entire German Church followed. The news of Luther's act of rebellion spread through Germany rapidly, and caused an almost immediate response....   [tags: Papers] 737 words
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Roman Army's Superiority to the Celts - Roman Army's Superiority to the Celts Sewers, Baths, Toilets, Roads, Theatres and the Cambridge Latin Course are just a few examples of the wonderful and innovative technology brought to this country by a much accomplished and conquering Roman Army. The Roman Army had advanced as far as (Great Britain) conquering along the way Germania (Germany) and Gaul (France) amongst others. However their arrival in Britain was greeted by the native Celts who were 'one of the four great barbarian people (Ephorus 405-330 bc).' The Celtic tactics and fighting techniques were a stark contrast to the Roman military and the Celtic philosophy on weaponry and armour was also differe...   [tags: Papers] 2229 words
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Speer’s Rise in the Nazi Party - Speer’s Rise in the Nazi Party Albert Speer rose from a mere architect to be one of the most influential Nazi leaders of the Third Reich, and self-admittedly Hitler’s closest friend. As a young, struggling architect Speer joined the Nazi Party as a ‘Septemberling’, and subsequently began to design many of the displays and structures that succeeded in promoting the Fuhrer Myth. Within the NSDAP Speer progressed to the position of Minister for Armaments and War Production in 1942, a reward for his superior managerial skills, and effectively utilised in the Nazi war effort....   [tags: Papers] 941 words
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Friederich Nietzsche and His Philosophies - Friederich Nietzsche and His Philosophies Friederich Nietzsche was born in 1844 in the Prussian province of Saxony. He was the offspring of a long line of clergymen including his father, who was the pastor of a Lutheran congregation. His childhood was consumed with the haunting death of his father and, soon after, brother. After enrolling in school, he suffered from intense, painful headaches and myopia which caused burning sensations and blurred vision. This may have been syphilis and it may have been contracted from his father who had shown similar symptoms....   [tags: Papers] 1393 words
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